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"Love is like skydiving without a parachute." - Lois Greiman

"Mind like parachute - only function when open." - Charlie Chan

"You do not need a parachute to skydive. You only need a parachute to skydive twice." - Anonymous

"The mind like a parachute functions only when open." - Anonymous

"I have woven a parachute out of everything broken." - William Stafford

"All right, then nobody can complain if we ask pregnant women to make parachute jumps." - Muammar al-Gaddafi

"Both optimists and pessimists contribute to society. The optimist invents the aeroplane, the pessimist the parachute." - George Bernard Shaw

"My heart is a parachute that has never opened in time." - Andrea Gibson

"The mind is like a parachute. In order to function, it first has to open." - Thomas Dewar, 1st Baron Dewar

"Your mind is just like a parachute ! if you don't open it, it won't work !" - Tom Evans

"I was a section commander in the parachute regiment [in the British army]." - Scott Raab

"Only skydivers know why the birds sing. They never have to pack a parachute." - Anonymous

"A mind is like a parachute. It doesn't work if it is not open." - Frank Zappa

"If skydiving were safe, the parachute center would not require you to sign a waiver." - Dan Poynter

"All right, then nobody can complain if we ask pregnant women to make parachute jumps." - Muammar Algaddafi

"Life is like a parachute jump, you've got to get it right the first time." - Eleanor Roosevelt

"I did not just fall in love. I made a parachute jump." - Zora Neale Hurston

"Starting a business is like jumping out of an airplane without a parachute. In mid air, the entrepreneur begins building a parachute and hopes it opens before hitting the ground." - Robert Kiyosaki

"Life is a free fall parachute jump. Pray all the way down and hope for a safe landing." - Robert G Allen

"I hope you either take up parachute jumping or stay out of single motored airplanes at night." - Charles Lindbergh

"I'm telling you, just attach a big parachute TO THE PLANE ITSELF! Is anyone listening to me?!" - Jack Handey

"Multiple Inheritance is like a parachute. You don't often need it, but when you do, you really need it." - Grady Booch

"When you jump onto the emptiness of the loneliness, the best parachute to land you safely will be the books!" - Mehmet Murat Ildan

"Both optimists and pessimists contribute to our society. The optimist invents the airplane and the pessimist the parachute." - Gladys Bronwyn Stern

"Life in the twentieth century is like a parachute jump: you have to get it right the first time." - Margaret Mead

"Bigots are actually funny to me in the way that people who still wear parachute pants give me a chuckle." - John Ridley

"Often, M.B.A.s will parachute around from one company or industry to another, without really understanding what's behind it." - Henry Mintzberg

"I got quite bored when I was hanging in the air. I want to do it without a parachute next." - Rhona Mitra

"I had a vague memory of being that ridiculous at one time. Let he who hath never worn parachute pants cast the first stone." - Jim Butcher

"In Italy the Coach is a paratrooper who jumps out of the plane but doesn't know if the parachute will open or not." - Claudio Ranieri

"The bad news is you're falling through the air, nothing to hang on to, no parachute. The good news is, there's no ground." - Chogyam Trungpa

"As soon as I jumped out of the airplane, I realized I had forgotten my parachute. Thank God we were still on the runway." - Demetri Martin

"I look at going to Hollywood as going behind enemy lines. You parachute in, set up the explosion, then fly out before it goes off." - Robert Redford

"I mean, you may be very mad at some guy that walked away with a huge golden parachute, but that really isn't the important thing." - Warren Buffett

"I said [to my mom], "I want to go to the parachute regiment." She said, "Whew, that's tough. But okay, I understand."" - Scott Raab

"Needing someone is like needing a parachute. If they are not there the first time you need them, chances are you won't be needing them again." - Scott Adams

"We regard God as an airman regards his parachute; it's there for emergencies but he hopes he'll never have to use it." - C S Lewis

"I used to be an obsessive outliner - figuring that writing without an outline was like jumping off a cliff and building a parachute on the way down." - Robin Wasserman

"My suit blew up into a parachute. All this water rushed in, there's air, water in there. I was freaking out." - Ryan Lochte

"I always keep my mind open. For me, a mind has to work like like a parachute, works only if it's open." - Rickson Gracie

"If I did not love what is present, if I could not cling to this enormous, safe parachute, I would long since have fallen into the abyss." - Christian Morgenstern

"My mockingjay pin now lives with Cinna's outfit, but there's the gold locket and the silver parachute with the spile and Peeta's pearl. I knot the pearl into the corner of the parachute, bury it deep in the recesses of the bag, as if it's Peeta's life and no one can take it away as long as I guard it." - Suzanne Collins

"If you want to be successful, you have to jump, there's no way around it. When you jump, I can assure you that your parachute will not open right away. But if you do not jump, your parachute will never open. If you're safe, you'll never soar!" - Steve Harvey

"The mismanagement of American newspapering is quite remarkable. But all of the fellows responsible are now on a golf course in Hilton Head or some such (place), having secured their bonuses and golden-parachute buyouts." - David Simon

"The reason I'm disabled is because I have wounds and injuries that I got while on active duty ... from parachute jumping to combat to gunshot wounds, all that stuff," - Richard Carmona

"If you jump out of a plane without a parachute, does that make you brave? No, I think that makes you stupid. I will never play without the mask again." - Jacques Plante

"If you go parachuting, and your parachute doesn't open, and you friends are all watching you fall, I think a funny gag would be to pretend you were swimming." - Jack Handey

"The reason I'm disabled is because I have wounds and injuries that I got while on active duty ... from parachute jumping to combat to gunshot wounds, all that stuff," - Richard Carmona

"What you look like on the outside is not what makes you cool at all. I mean, I had a mullet and wore parachute pants for a long, long time, and I'm doin' okay." - Ellen Degeneres

"It's as if I'm Finnick, watching images of my life flash by. The mast of a boat, a silver parachute, Mags laughing, a pink sky, Beetee's trident, Annie in her wedding dress, waves breaking over rocks. Then its over." - Suzanne Collins

"Each of us as he receives his private trouncings at the hands of fate is kept in good heart by hearing of the moth in his brother's parachute and the scorpion in his neighbor's underwear." - N. F. Simpson

"Yeah, I knew a lot of those guys who parachute jumped at county fairs in the twenties and thirties, I just never knew any of them for very long." - Fritz Orchard

"If the entire week is a battlefield, reading the Bible is sort of like that parachute with the box of reserves that come in the middle of the war: food and water and the toothbrush and toilet paper." - Lauryn Hill

"The reason I'm disabled is because I have wounds and injuries that I got while on active duty ... from parachute jumping to combat to gunshot wounds, all that stuff," - Richard Carmona

"Kristen Bell is rare as an actress, because she's the type of actor who jumps out of a plane without a parachute - from a totally fearless place, which is really refreshing and inspiring." - Steve Antin

"I am classified as a disabled veteran. The reason I'm disabled is because I have wounds and injuries that I got while on active duty... from parachute jumping to combat to gunshot wounds, all that stuff." - Richard Carmona

"I certainly remember building model rockets. It was fun to watch the rocket blast into the air, suspenseful to wonder if the parachute would open to bring the rocket safely back." - Eric Allin Cornell

"When that happens - when risk is taken and the filmmakers dive into the subject matter without a parachute - very often what you get it something with those qualities that make it age well with the public." - Francis Ford Coppola

"When U.S.-based editors and columnists parachute into a news storm, it is often the stringers who keep us out of trouble, helping us glimpse the complexity behind the headlines." - Nancy Gibbs

"But I've never really done anything that implies any kind of danger. I wouldn't skydive, I wouldn't deep sea dive, I wouldn't parachute. I think you're really just rolling the dice. Who packed your chute the night before?" - Eugene Levy

"I would climb on roofs and jump off using my parents' bed sheet, hoping it would open like a parachute. I was always getting hurt, breaking a leg, you know, bruising, cracking my head open." - Cathy Rigby

"The pressure suit helps if something goes wrong during launch or re-entry - astronauts have a way to parachute off the shuttle. The suits protect you from loss of pressure in case of emergency." - Sally Ride

"To tell her that I joined the parachute club was too hard for me. I didn't want to trouble her; besides, I was not completely sure about the success of my new adventure." - Valentina Tereshkova

"In my teens, I joined the Parachute Regiment. I jumped out of lots of airplanes, as much as the Government budget would allow us to. I did two active tours of duty: Northern Ireland, and then the Falklands war." - Mark Burnett

"I personally feel that parachute files give a more realistic impression of an insect to the fish that views the fly, since the hackles are in the same position as the insect's legs, and when tied with brightly colored hackles, these flies are easier to see on the float. A final advantage is that in rough water, a parachute-hackled dry fly will float longer and better than a conventional one" - Lefty Kreh

"You may be very mad at some guy that walked away with a huge golden parachute, but that really isn't the important thing. I mean, if Pearl Harbor came along, you could have said the planning was wrong by the military ahead of time or maybe the battleships shouldn't have all been in the harbor and all that kind of thing." - Howard Warren Buffett

"If a man has a tent made of linen of which the apertures have all been stopped up, and be it twelve bracchia across (over twenty-five feet) and twelve in depth, he will be able to throw himself down from any height without sustaining injury. [His concept of the parachute.]" - Leonardo Da Vinci

"Falling in love was a solo act. I knew that, had learned that the hard way. You just jumped and hoped your parachute opened. Sometimes you looked up and saw you were falling by yourself, the object of your desire still on the plane, not interested in jumping, watching you descend into that scary place alone." - Eric Jerome Dickey

"Psychiatry in this place is like serving an in-flight meal in the middle of a plane crash. If I wanted to make you well, as a doctor, I should be giving you a parachute, not a cheese-and-pickle sandwich." - Chris Cleave

"The roller-coaster is my life; life is a fast, dizzying game; life is a parachute jump; it's taking chances, falling over and getting up again; it's mountaineering; it's wanting to get to the very top of yourself and feeling angry and dissatisfied when you don't manage it" - Paulo Coelho

"The roller-coaster is my life; life is a fast, dizzying game; life is a parachute jump; it's taking chances, falling over and getting up again; it's mountaineering; it's wanting to get to the very top of yourself and feeling angry and dissatisfied when you do' manage it" - Paulo Coelho

"When they saw me in my space suit and the parachute dragging alongside as I walked, they started to back away in fear. I told them, don't be afraid, I am a Soviet like you, who has descended from space and I must find a telephone to call Moscow!" - Yuri Gagarin

"I once cured an amateur skydiver of acute acrophobia. Now you could say he was all right because he was able to jump, but you could also say he was not all right because he was so stoned he neglected to open his parachute." - Robert Preston

"In the 1980s and 1990s, Jack Welch, the CEO of General Electric, laid off over 100,000 employees. His reward? When he retired from GE, he received a golden parachute of over $400 million dollars. This is the kind of corporate greed and irresponsibility that is destroying the middle class and must be ended." - Bernie Sanders

"I'm not a risk taker physically. I just have no interest in swinging myself off a mountaintop or parachute gliding or skiing down a totally vertical drop. These things don't interest me in the slightest, but I get so caught up in the color or the texture of the sounds of something. That's so funny to me." - Annie Lennox

"You go through the gate. If the gate's closed you go over the fence. If the fence is too high, we'll pole-vault. If that doesn't work, we'll parachute in. But we are going to get health care reform passed for the American people." - Nancy Pelosi

"I was on the point of cutting the cord that suspended me between heaven and earth... and measured with my eye the vast space that separated me from the rest of the human race... I felt myself precipitated with a velocity that was checked by the sudden unfolding of my parachute." - Andre-Jacques Garnerin

"[Text in the corner of a page where he sketched a prototype parachute:] If a man have a tent made of linen of which the apertures have all been stopped up, and it be twelve braccia across and twelve in depth, he will be able to throw himself down from any height without sustaining any injury." - Leonardo Da Vinci

"One of the good things about Larkin is that he still has you firmly by the hand as you cross the finishing-line, whereas reading Auden is like doing a parachute-drop: for a while the view is wonderful, but then you end up on your back in the middle of a ploughed field and in the wrong county." - Alan Bennett

"It was autumn, the springtime of death. Rain spattered the rotting leaves, and a wild wind wailed. Death was singing in the shower. Death was happy to be alive. The fetus bailed out without a parachute. It landed in the sideline Astroturf, so upsetting the cheerleaders that for the remained of the afternoon their rahs were more like squeaks." - Tom Robbins

"Coming down under a parachute is quite different as well. You hit the ground pretty hard, but all the systems work very well to keep it from hurting, so it doesn't even hurt when you hit. It was a great experience to be able to do both." - Leroy Chiao

"I offer something very different from the lifelong career politicians who have worked their way up to run for higher office or those who can parachute in with checks for $5 million or $10 million, and that seems to be the definition of credible or legitimate. I'm rejecting that premise." - Elizabeth Emken

"I've been caught in parachute pants. And on my high school yearbook, they used the wrong picture. They were supposed to use the picture of me with a nice suit on. They used me with my collar flipped up, in a fuchsia and white striped shirt. I blame Prince and Michael Jackson in the Eighties for that." - Ice Cube

"Ninety-nine percent of pilots that go up never have engine failure, and the 1 percent that do usually land it. But if you're up in the air and something goes wrong, you pull that parachute, and the whole plane goes down slowly." - Cory Lidle

"When you join the Parachute Regiment they send you on training and initiation exercises. One of the tasks is to accept and care for a pet white rabbit. The young squaddie has to feed, brush, stroke and comfort his rabbit for a week, and become attached to it. Then he has to shoot it." - Matthew Parris

"I was always very active as a kid. I would climb on roofs and jump off using my parents' bed sheet, hoping it would open like a parachute. I was always getting hurt, breaking a leg, you know, bruising, cracking my head open." - Cathy Rigby

"I was a pilot and flying hang gliders, paragliders, aerobatics airplanes, and then I discovered skydiving. Free fall. Free. With nothing around you, just a parachute on your back. And you go down. But you don't feel like you're going down. Total freedom." - Yves Rossy

"My favorite records are, like, The Pretty Things' 'Parachute' and 'S.F. Sorrow' and The Mothers of Invention's 'We're Only in It for the Money' and The Kinks' 'Village Green Preservation Society' - these records that have a story - even if it's not a literal story - because of how they're sequenced and flow. It's like a novel with sound." - Ty Segall

"Instead of putting someone in prison for being a hooligan, give him a choice. He may have beaten someone up and he's got eight years, but tell him you can do eight years inside or spend five years in the Army. Put him in the Parachute Regiment, they'd soon sort him out." - David Bailey

"I didn't know who Calvin Klein was, really. But Brooke Shields, we knew her from those incredible commercials - "There's nothing between me and my Calvins." I knew very little about American fashion then. I had no money, and Charivari was very educational to me. And Parachute. I was fascinated by those stores. I couldn't buy anything; I just went through the clothes." - Francisco Costa

"Sometimes it is not wise to make a second plan; it diminishes the power of the first plan! In risky paths, make only one plan; this will increase the possibility of success! On the edge of a precipice, if your second plan is a parachute on your back, your possibility of falling will increase! When you have nothing to trust, you will be safer, because you have no right to make any mistake!" - Mehmet Murat Ildan

"Why does one want to walk wings? Why force one's body from a plane to make a parachute jump? Why should man want to fly at all? People often ask these questions. But what civilization was not founded on adventure, and how long could one exist without it? Some answer the attainment of knowledge. Some say wealth, or power, is sufficient cause. I believe the risks I take are justified y the sheer love of the life I lead." - Charles Lindbergh

"Sure you can manage that broom, Potter?" said a cold, drawling voice. Draco Malfoy had arrived for a closer look, Crabbe and Goyle right behind him. "Yeah, reckon so," said Harry casually. "Got plenty of special features, hasn't it?" said Malfoy, eyes glittering maliciously. "Shame it doesn't come with a parachute - in case you get too near a Dementor." Crabbe and Goyle sniggered. "Pity you can't attach an extra arm to yours, Malfoy," said Harry. "Then it could catch the Snitch for you." - J K Rowling

"Charlie had Sophie strapped to his chest like a terrorist baby bomb when he came down the back steps. She had just gotten to the point where she could hold up her head, so he had strapped her in face-out so she could look around. The way her arms and legs waved around as Charlie walked, she looked as if she was skydiving and using a skinny nerd as a parachute." - Christopher Moore

"I've decided that if I had my life to live over again, I would not only climb more mountains, swim more rivers, and watch more sunsets; I wouldn't only jettison my hot water bottle, raincoat, umbrella, parachute, and raft; I would not only go barefoot earlier in the spring and stay out later in the fall; but I would devote not one more minute to monitoring my spiritual growth. No, not one." - Brennan Manning

"Why does one want to walk wings? Why force one's body from a plane to make a parachute jump? Why should man want to fly at all? People often ask these questions. But what civilization was not founded on adventure, and how long could one exist without it? Some answer the attainment of knowledge. Some say wealth, or power, is sufficient cause. I believe the risks I take are justified by the sheer love of the life I lead." - Charles Lindbergh

"Even at this stage, my preparations were like strapping on a parachute in an airplane that was about to crash; the whole time I was preparing to hurl myself out the door, I clung to the hope that something would happen at the last minute to forestall that terrible necessity I felt-not hostility, as psychiatric texts would say, or vengeful rage, or a desire for attention. This was done in secret, out of a need to alleviate pain which was as implacable as thirst." - Tracy Thompson

"O your life, your lonely lifeWhat have you ever done with it,And done with the great gift of consciousness?What will you ever do before Death's knifeProvides the answer ultimate and appropriate?As I for my part felt in my heart as one who falls,Falls in a parachute, falls endlessly, and feels the vastDraft of the abyss sucking him down and down,An endlessly helplessly falling and appalled clown:This is the way the night passes by, thisIs the overnight endless trip to the famous unfathomable abyss." - Delmore Schwartz

"I go to the saltwater and wash off the blood, trying to decide which I hate more, pain or itching. Fed up, I stomp back onto the beach, turn my face upward and snap, "Hey, Haymitch, if you're not too drunk, we could use a little something for our skin." It's almost funny how quickly the parachute appears above me. I reach up and the tube lands squarely in my open hand. "About time" I say, but I can't keep the scowl on my face. Haymitch. What I wouldn't give for five minutes of conversation with him." - Suzanne Collins

"I have no statistics to prove it, but I'm sure the American workplace will be adversely affected on Monday, the day after XXIV. The game will be the focus of conversation, and distractions happy and sad will be the order of the day, not to mention millions of hangovers. I wouldn't buy a toaster or a parachute manufactured the day after Super Bowl XXIV. You cannot engender such torrid anticipation for an event so great that it requires Roman numerals as a suffix, then expect there to be no social repercussions at its end." - Robert Klein

"What can you say about a man who leaps from a helicopter over Manhattan without a parachute in the hope that by increasing his heart rate he'll transform into an iridescent lime-green behemoth so he can take on an even bigger behemoth? That he knows he's living in a computer-generated universe in which gravity is a feeble suggestion and nothing is remotely at stake, and that when he hits the ground he'll be replaced by a special effect. The Incredible Hulk is weightless-as disposable as an Xbox game." - David Edelstein

"You've got the right - you've got a wonderful person with Sheila Bair, most of the viewers have never heard of Sheila Bair. [She] has taken eight percent of the deposits in the United States and seamlessly moved those over to sound institutions which in turn have gotten more capital, ended up, it's been a magnificent job.She'll never get a golden parachute or any severance pay or anything. She's done a great job. We've got some great public servants. We have I think the right people in there to get the job done, and then they need more tools." - Warren Buffett

"I watched him strap on his harness and helmet, climb into the cockpit and, minutes later, a black dot falls off the wing two thousand feet above our field. At almost the same instant, a white streak behind him flowered out into the delicate wavering muslin of a parachute - a few gossamer yards grasping onto air and suspending below them, with invisible threads, a human life, and man who by stitches, cloth, and cord, had made himself a god of the sky for those immortal moments." - Charles Lindbergh

"If the idea is you're working at a job solely to pay the bills because you have ambitions to do something else, if you're not actively trying to do that other thing, you've gotta make sure you're doing that. Sometimes you've gotta take away your own safety net. But if you feel miserable in a day job, in any job, get out of that. Look for something else. Stay in that job until you have the other thing set up, and then go to that other thing. But sometimes you've just got to jump out with a parachute and trust that you're going to land someplace safe." - Paul F. Tompkins



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